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11-13-2007

Egon and Bozica Matijevic Contribute $100,000 to Clarkson University

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Egon Matijevic, Clarkson University's Victor K. LaMer Professor of Colloid and Surface Science, and his wife, Bozica Matijevic, have contributed $100,000 to the Egon Matijevic Endowed Scholarship. Egon Matijevic announced the gift at a day culminating the University's year-long celebration of his 50th anniversary as a faculty member in the Department of Chemistry and Biomolecular Science. egons-day

Clarkson celebrated "Egon's Day" on October 18 with four speakers, a poet, two Nobel Laureates, and a knighted British scientist, who made presentations on science and humanity, science and history, science and art, and science and technology.

The Egon Matijevic Endowed Scholarship was first launched in 1988, when a group of Matijevic's former students started an endowed fund to honor his many years of inspiring excellence at Clarkson and to recognize his scholarly contributions to teaching and research. To help mark the professor's 50th anniversary at Clarkson in 2007, a campaign to add to the scholarship was co-chaired by Ron Sapieszko, class of 1972, who pursued his doctoral research work under Matijevic, graduating in 1977 with a PhD; and Matijevic's long-time friends Christopher Theodore and Dr. Michael Maresca.

We are indeed grateful for Egon and Bozica's very generous contribution to our students and future students, said University President Tony Collins. "But a gift like this is not out of character for the Matijevics, who are well-known for the many pieces of fine art that they have presented to the University over the years, along with their other donations. Generations of future scientists will most certainly benefit from this scholarship."

The Egon Matijevic Endowed Scholarship will provide assistance for undergraduates who are pursuing a degree in chemistry and demonstrate financial need. A second fund, the Matijevic Endowed Lectureship Series, which was started with a $20,000 donation by Matijevic's colleague Richard Partch and his wife, Jo Anne, will attract successful Clarkson alumni to visit campus annually to share with students the value of a Clarkson education in their careers.

Throughout the last year, Matijevic traveled around the country meeting with alumni and delivering a lecture, "Fine Particles: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly," specially prepared for his former students, about advances in the area of dispersed matter, as well as how this research affects everyday life.

Renowned among alumni as a maestro in the lecture hall and among his peers world-wide for his scientific virtuosity, Matijevic's contributions to Clarkson are legendary. He has inspired excellence in the laboratory, the classroom and in life. As a world-renowned researcher with numerous publications and patents to his name, he has defied convention among his higher education peers and led the Clarkson faculty to always place students first.

Photo caption: Clarkson University President Tony Collins introduces Bozica Matijevic and Egon Matijevic, Victor K. LaMer Professor of Colloid and Surface Science, at the Egon's Day dinner. The Matijevics have contributed $100,000 to the University for the Egon Matijevic Endowed Scholarship.

[News directors and editors: For more information, contact Michael P. Griffin, director of News & Digital Content Services, at 315-268-6716 or mgriffin@clarkson.edu.]

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